Category Archives: Ghost

The generals (2005)


‘The Generals’ was one of the projects I explored for Versailles Off exhibition in 2005. The idea was to use the early 19th century sculptures of French Generals stored in the ‘animalerie’ in the park of Versailles. As the exhibition was to take place at night, I wanted to stage their seemingly abandoned historic status […]

Shoes fade (2012)


FADE Installation of 2,949 pairs of shoes, fourteen meters in diameter, Nuit Blanche, Paris, 2012. As the poet Jason Stoneking, who helped install this piece at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, for Nuit Blanche 2012, wrote in his beautiful text : “ To get straight to the point, Markus’s work… It’s about living. […]

Breathing house (2011)


The Breathing Houses (2011) — onwards I have been photographing the houses and buildings in my grandmother’s village in southern Germany for over twenty years. With the last series of photos veering towards a rigorous objectivity, I decided to transform them into virtual animations of translucent breathing bodies, rendering the images simultaneously phantasmic and alive, […]

Phantom dust paintings (2006-2007)


The Dust Landscapes / Bastard paintings / Drunken paintings / Phantom paintings / Phoney paintings. This series is an exploration of German romantic landscapes painting. These paintings are reworked, crossbred, overlaid and fused with other images and paintings. They are images of paintings hung on walls with their frames and shadows and appear to be […]

Psychedelic romantic history paintings (2011)


Diving into Memory with Markus Hansen (excerpt) Hugues Albes-Nicoux, Backslash Gallery January 25th, 2012 Being German implies (still, to this day) having to bear that terrible burden we all know about, without even having shared in its ideals nor having taken part in any way. And from this arises a problem of identity. How does […]

Lewes aquarelles (2000-2007)


The Lewes series Untitled Works (2000/2007) with Christoph Nissou, watercolour on paper, each 35x80cms The Framework for this series is the annual Lewes fire procession, an anti-papal event held on Guy Fawkes Night, in which the East Sussex town commmorates the burning of 17 protestant martyrs. It is based on video work Hansen made in […]